State, Power, Socialism

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Verso, 2000 - Business & Economics - 269 pages
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Developing themes of his earlier works, Poulantzas here advances a vigorous critique of contemporary Marxist theories of the state, arguing against a general theory of the state, and identifying forms of class power crucial to socialist strategy that goes beyond the apparatus of the state.

This new edition includes an introduction by Stuart Hall, originally published in New Left Review, which critically appraises Poulantzas's achievement.

 

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Contents

Introduction to the Verso Classics edition
vii
Preface
7
Does the State equal
28
State Powers and Struggles
35
Part One The Institutional Materiality of the State
49
Individualization
63
Law
76
The Nation
93
Towards a Relational Theory of Power?
146
The State Personnel
154
Part Three State and Economy Today
163
Economy and Politics
180
Provisional Conclusions
195
The Irresistible Rise of the State Administration
217
The Dominant Mass Party
232
Part Five Towards a Democratic Socialism
251

The State as
123
The State and Popular Struggles
140

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About the author (2000)

Nicos Poulantzas was born in Athens in 1936 and died in Paris in 1979. His other published works include Political Power and Social Classes, Classes in Contemporary Capitalism, Fascism and Dictatorship and State, Power, Socialism.

A translator from Romanian, Spanish, German, French, and Italian, Patrick Camiller has translated many works, including Dumitru Tsepeneag's Vain Art of the Fugue, The Necessary Marriage, and Hotel Europa.

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